Of Presidents, Knaves, and Memes

So the President talked officially to us the other night, about illegal immigration, the wall, and Democratic obstruction of the government’s mission to defend the people of the United States. He is right on all counts. And he hit the nail squarely on the head.

Schumer and Pelosi gave the Democrat’s response, and while it was a self-seeking partisan one, surprising no one, their delivery was incredibly bad. In fact, their appearance became an instant meme, which is never a good thing for your cause. Dov Fischer says this:

[I]n their every press conference and interview rejecting President Trump’s call for a wall along our southern border to help prevent and protect against human trafficking of women and children, the unbridled import of opioids, and the entry of criminals and terrorists into our country, the Democrats maintain that they oppose only the Wall but otherwise strongly support border security. Thus, they state that they prefer drones and hi-tech equipment instead of a wall because, they say, those more modern approaches will do an even better job than will an old-fashioned wall at guarding the border. In other words, they claim to be as concerned as is the President over the chaos transpiring along our porous southern border.

There are two ways to demonstrate they are lying. One way is by sitting and arguing back-and-forth with the other side endlessly, as in a cable news panel discussion. I have come to hate wasting my time watching those. When I have a few moments each day to grab some news on Fox, the only value-added from Marie Harf, Chris Hahn, and Jessica Tarlov is that, while muting them, they offer a few moments for me to check the channel guide or pay a bill or two. But there is a much quicker alternative way to cut through the muck and prove Pelosi, Schumer, and their gang a bunch of liars on border security: […]

So it all is a game. A joke, a lie. When they say they are for border security in every which way — everything, everything except for a wall — there is the truth, the proof. No need for a cable television-news panel debate. This does not take rocket science. If you install a home protection system, but then a crook evades the front-door camera or the home alarm or just defiantly smashes your front window and breaks into your home anyway, do you take the position that you will not shoot the invader or call the police — or first call the police and then shoot the invader — because, well, they got past the alarm, so…SANCTUARY! If you employ an insect exterminator — and, no, we are not comparing illegal immigrants other than MS-13 and opioid smugglers and human traffickers to insects — and if that exterminator does a great job, but you later see an ant or spider or silverfish that got past him, would you not squish it? Or do you look at that centipede and proclaim liberty throughout the land: SANCTUARY!

He’s right, the Democrats don’t give a damn about you, your personal security, that of your family, or anything else. The only thing they care about is their power. That is the ONLY thing that matters to them. That is why their response looked like a drug-induced meme.

“O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!”.

And, no doubt, the constant lying to us, and who knows, perhaps themselves, is how they have turned themselves into a joke, an automatic meme generator, of no real account, in governing the country.

Confirmation Day

So Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed today, barring SMOD levels of surprise. Good.

What is not so good is that now we will have two superb jurists on the court who have survived high tech public lynching of their character. We have to do better than this shameful record.

Paul Kengor has some good thoughts on this in The American Spectator.

[I]wrote here on Monday that Christine Blasey Ford’s tearful testimony last week seemed heartfelt and believable, as did Brett Kavanaugh’s denials. Fortunately for Kavanaugh, Ford’s allegations apparently cannot be corroborated by the very alleged witnesses she listed as witnesses.

I say apparently because, at this point, the FBI investigation and report demanded by Democrats has not been publicly released (or leaked). Instead, Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein (after reading the report) shamelessly rushed to the cameras demanding still further FBI investigations — not of the alleged witnesses, who apparently cleared Kavanaugh — but of Ford and Kavanaugh themselves, who would merely repeat what they said repeatedly last week. With this latest stunt by Schumer and Feinstein, it’s now obvious that this is a delay game, a game of moving the goalposts endlessly. Their bluff has been called. It’s a disgraceful deceit by two U.S. senators.

This time last week, I felt that a one-week delay — pushed by Democrats and agreed to by Jeff Flake — might be a wise move by Republicans if it served to vindicate Kavanaugh. It looks like it did just that. But rather than concede that reality, Democrats are doubling-down on the delay game.

Senator, have you no shame?

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A famous phrase, here used completely appropriately. Its first famous use was in the Army-McCarthy hearings when Joseph N. Welch said to Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Until this moment, Senator, I think I have never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. Fred Fisher is a young man who went to the Harvard Law School and came into my firm and is starting what looks to be a brilliant career with us….Little did I dream you could be so reckless and so cruel as to do an injury to that lad. It is true he is still with Hale and Dorr. It is true that he will continue to be with Hale and Dorr. It is, I regret to say, equally true that I fear he shall always bear a scar needlessly inflicted by you. If it were in my power to forgive you for your reckless cruelty I would do so. I like to think I am a gentleman, but your forgiveness will have to come from someone other than me.

Senator, may we not drop this? We know he belonged to the Lawyers Guild … Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator. You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?

McCarthy tried to ask Welch another question about Fisher, and Welch interrupted:

Mr. McCarthy, I will not discuss this further with you. You have sat within six feet of me and could have asked me about Fred Fisher. You have seen fit to bring it out. And if there is a God in Heaven it will do neither you nor your cause any good. I will not discuss it further. I will not ask Mr. Cohn any more witnesses. You, Mr. Chairman, may, if you will, call the next witness.

The McCarthy hearings were pretty bad character assassinations without evidence. What we have witnessed done by Schumer and Feinstein is worse. For instead of leaving a scar on a young lawyer, they have attempted to deprive one of the most eminent of American judges of his employment, without evidence, and even causing damage to their own witness in the process.

Well, I think it blindingly obvious that the Democratic Caucus in the United States Senate has not only no shame, but no shred of decency either. No person who values truth or justice should ever voluntarily deal with any of them individually or collectively. They are not to be trusted, ever.

Truly despicable.

Levin on Kavanaugh, and the Future of the Constitution

Mark Levin was on fire last night. He does a great job of showing the history of the way Kavanaugh is being lynched in Washington. He also goes into why it matters so much.

If you didn’t see it, here it is, if you did, watch it again.

Sorry to seem to be stuck on this, but if the Republicans sell us out on this one, there is little point in bothering with any of it, including voting. Because the politburo will be ruling not our representatives.

Hard to believe the Repubs can’t see that, but greed tends to make for tunnel vision.

Shit or get off the pot, Senate Republicans, It’s only the future of the Republic riding on your shoulders. And by the way, screw this up, and I for one, will never vote for you, again.


Well, perhaps on a somewhat more hopeful note, today is also the Feast Day of Our Lady of Walsingham. The two events conflate today in my mind, bringing this to my mind.

Weepe, weepe O Walsingham,
Whose dayes are nightes,
Blessings turned to blasphemies,
Holy deeds to dispites.

Sinne is where our Ladie sate,
Heaven turned is to hell,
Sathan sittes where our Lord did swaye,
Walsingham oh farewell.

Waiting for Barbarians

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Cropped from :Image:Cavafy1900.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Repairman Jack over at RedState has a post up on comprehensive immigration reform. It’s pretty good and worth your time.

 

America has a significant and over-arching problem. A problem that explains the flaccid economy and the dystopic dysfunction that is Bulletmore, Murderland or Chicago, ILLinois. It’s a problem that a very smart and evil man-spider named Charles Schumer has figured out and that a very ambitious and amoral man name Marco Rubio suffers from as he seeks to acquire more power and dominance. It’s a problem that arises when a civilization spends itself out and doesn’t understand and believe that it has a purpose beyond being a giant pez-dispenser of goodies to a clamoring populace. We are a nation that no longer believes that it holds any particular special moral high ground and the immigration debate in Congress is just another attempt to either fix this problem or make it go away.

 

Continue read Constance Cafavy And Comprehensive Amnesty Reform | RedState.

 

See that was pretty good wasn’t it. But what really struck me was how apt Cavafy’s poem is to our general malaise in this country. If you remember Jess’s co-author introduced him to us late last summer, so maybe we should review.

 

Waiting for the Barbarians
What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum?

The barbarians are due here today.

Why isn’t anything happening in the senate?
Why do the senators sit there without legislating?

Because the barbarians are coming today.
What laws can the senators make now?
Once the barbarians are here, they’ll do the legislating.

Why did our emperor get up so early,
and why is he sitting at the city’s main gate
on his throne, in state, wearing the crown?

Because the barbarians are coming today
and the emperor is waiting to receive their leader.
He has even prepared a scroll to give him,
replete with titles, with imposing names.

Why have our two consuls and praetors come out today
wearing their embroidered, their scarlet togas?
Why have they put on bracelets with so many amethysts,
and rings sparkling with magnificent emeralds?
Why are they carrying elegant canes
beautifully worked in silver and gold?

Because the barbarians are coming today
and things like that dazzle the barbarians.

Why don’t our distinguished orators come forward as usual
to make their speeches, say what they have to say?

Because the barbarians are coming today
and they’re bored by rhetoric and public speaking.

Why this sudden restlessness, this confusion?
(How serious people’s faces have become.)
Why are the streets and squares emptying so rapidly,
everyone going home so lost in thought?

Because night has fallen and the barbarians have not come.
And some who have just returned from the border say
there are no barbarians any longer.
And now, what’s going to happen to us without barbarians?
They were, those people, a kind of solution.

By Constantine Cavafy (1864-1933), translated by Edmund Keeley

 

Seems to fit quite a lot of our problems, doesn’t it

 

Shall we continue waiting, or start solving our own problems?

 

 

Senate Democrats Block STEM Visa Immigration Bill Backed by Republicans

English: Charles Schumer, United States Senato...

English: Charles Schumer, United States Senator from New York Español: Charles Schumer, Senador de los Estados Unidos de Nueva York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Well, isn’t that special

 

 

 

You know the Democrats, those congresscritters who want us to feel sorry for the Hispanics separated because of visa problems, those Democrats. More crocodile tears, I’m afraid. You see, the Senate, well Harry Reid, to be exact has decided they won’t vote on an immigration bill passed by the House. From Fox News Latino:

 

The bill also included a provision that allowed spouses and minor children of legal immigrants to live in the United States while waiting for their green card application to be processed.

There are some 80,000 of these family-based green cards allocated every year, but there are about 322,000 husbands, wives and children waiting in this category and on average people must wait more than two years to be reunited with their families.

Mexico has the most people on the waiting list, with more than 138,000 people, or 43 percent of  all people on the list, according to the U.S. State Department. The Dominican Republic is next, with nearly 31,000, followed by Cuba, with 16,000.

 

One of the other things the bill would have done is provide 55,000 visas per year to people with bachelors degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. You know, the people who know how to design things, make scientific breakthroughs, all that kind of stuff. And yes, I have a personal interest here, one of my best friends is engaged to a Filipino Industrial Engineer, who would have been eligible under this program. Her specialty is Lean Management, which means that she knows how to make a plant more productive (I would read that as profitable) and therefore give more jobs to Americans, especially after she got her Masters degree in an American university. What she doing now? She’s the engineering and the lean management supervisor for a multi-million dollar factory in the Philippines. These are the kind of people we need in this country.

 

Senate Democrats blocked Republicans from bringing up an immigration bill on Tuesday that would have offered foreigners with U.S. advanced degrees in math, science, technology and engineering permanent U.S. residence.

Democrats said they support the high-tech part of the STEM bill, but not a part that eliminates a diversity lottery.

Senate Republican John Cornyn of Texas sought unanimous consent to consider the bill, which provides some 55,000 visas a year to those with high-tech degrees.

New York’s Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democratic leader on immigration policies, objected to Cornyn’s request.

House Republicans turned to the bill as a way to show Hispanics, who deserted them in the election, that they are serious about immigration legislation. But it met strong opposition from Democrats because it eliminated another visa program that benefits less-educated people, particularly from Africa.

The bill also included a provision that allowed spouses and minor children of legal immigrants to live in the United States while waiting for their green card application to be processed

Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2012/12/05/senate-democrats-block-stem-visa-immigration-bill-backed-by-republicans/#ixzz2FSuXjv5A

 

Of course that might be bad for the Democrats, you know, more people working, not dependent on Uncle Sugar, and besides, you start letting educated people into the country, they might have enough sense to get off the Democratic Plantation, and think for themselves.

 

And yes, this is where I want her to get her Masters.

 

 

 

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